Engineering and Computer Science students, faculty honored at annual Advisory Board Dinner

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Students and faculty from the School of Engineering and Computer Science were honored for their accomplishments this month at the annual Advisory Board Dinner. The dinner began in 2010 to thank advisory board members for their time, and expanded to recognize more members of the Engineering and Computer Science Community. “(The dinner)Continue reading “Engineering and Computer Science students, faculty honored at annual Advisory Board Dinner”

Kristina Rinaldi wins first ever motion photography prize

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit In the digital age comes an evolution to media– especially photography. It’s easier than ever to share a visual story with the world in an instant– it’s grown to become an art of sorts. Announced this week, the first-ever Motion Photography Prize from Saatchi Art and Google+ was awarded toContinue reading “Kristina Rinaldi wins first ever motion photography prize”

Malaya Watson, youngest finalist in ‘Idol’ history, reflects on experience

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Southfield-native Malaya Watson went home from American Idol last Thursday following her Wednesday-evening performance of “Through the Fire.” The 16-year-old vocalist  got to the top 8, and in doing so, made history as the youngest finalist of all time. Through the experience, she said she’s developed as a musician andContinue reading “Malaya Watson, youngest finalist in ‘Idol’ history, reflects on experience”

‘The Symphonic Nirvana’ to be released by 429 Records

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The same day Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 429 Records announced that “The Symphonic Nirvana,” a classical take on Nirvana’s grungy rock music, will be released September 2nd. Jaz Coleman, who is composing this work, has found success with similar albums, including “Symphonic MusicContinue reading “‘The Symphonic Nirvana’ to be released by 429 Records”

Emily Piriz eliminated from American Idol, reflects on experience

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Emily Piriz, 18, was eliminated from American Thursday night, March 6 following her performance of “Stars.” The Florida native said her parents and boyfriend were her biggest support system, and she enjoyed being on Idol. The experience and constructive criticism, as well as many new friendships, are what she takesContinue reading “Emily Piriz eliminated from American Idol, reflects on experience”

Andre 3000 stars as Jimi Hendrix in upcoming film, clip released

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Rolling Stone released a clip from the long-anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, which premieres next week at South by Southwest 2014. The movie tells the story of the famous guitarist and singer’s life leading up to fame. The film, starring Andre 3000, actor and Outkast MC, wasContinue reading “Andre 3000 stars as Jimi Hendrix in upcoming film, clip released”

Indie pick of the week: Holoking

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit At first listen, Chicago indie hip-hop duo Holoking resembles a more rhythmic early Lupe Fiasco sound, meshed with a touch of Kid Cudi. But the rhythms and uniqueness of each song is what makes this group different– artsy rhythm and instrumentals compliment the strength of influential lyrics. Vocalist “MC Diverse”Continue reading “Indie pick of the week: Holoking”

Kristen O’Connor eliminated from ‘Idol,’ looking to the future

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit After making it to the top 13, contestant Kristen O’Connor was eliminated from American Idol XIII Thursday night, February 27, after her performance of “Beautiful Disaster.” O’Connor, 24, said she chose that song, which was performed by 2002 winner Kelly Clarkson in the first season of Idol, to show off her range.Continue reading “Kristen O’Connor eliminated from ‘Idol,’ looking to the future”

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of Michigan win gold at Olympics

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Michigan residents Meryl Davis and Charlie White took home gold today for Olympic ice dancing. The duo was the first in the United States to win the title. Yesterday, the skaters earned an international personal best with a score of 78.89, according to the Associated Press. During the final roundContinue reading “Meryl Davis and Charlie White of Michigan win gold at Olympics”

Iconic child star Shirley Temple Black died late Monday

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Shirley Temple Black, one of the most well-known and successful Hollywood child stars, died last night, according to her publicist. She was 85. Known for her signature singing, corkscrew curls, starring movie roles and tap-dancing, Temple Black also served as a diplomat for a majority of her life. The starContinue reading “Iconic child star Shirley Temple Black died late Monday”